The owner of an upscale restaurant in France who refused to serve two veiled Muslim women, stating that “all Muslims are terrorist,” has been accused of Islamophobia on social media and interviewed by police on suspicion of “racial discrimination.”
A video posted online appears to show two Muslim women being refused service at the high-end Le Cenacle restaurant in Tremblay-en-France near Paris on Saturday.
A man, who is reportedly the restaurant’s owner, can be heard telling the women: “The terrorists are Muslim and all Muslims are terrorists… they recently killed a priest. This is a secular country and I have a right to an opinion… I don’t want people like you here. Full stop.”
Le chef du restaurant Le Cénacle à Tremblay-en-France refuse de servir 2 femmes musulmanes
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— GuedGued (@_Pourquoi) August 28, 2016
In response, the women tell the manager that they “do not wish to be served by a racist.”
The man finally tells the women to “get out,” to which they reply “don’t worry, we’re leaving.”
Laurence Rossignol, the French minister for families, children and women’s rights, said she has ordered an investigation, calling the manager’s behavior “intolerable.” The owner of Le Cénacle, who was identified as Jean-Baptiste Devreux by RFI radio, has already been interviewed by police on suspicion of racial discrimination, according to Le Parisien.
— laurence rossignol (@laurossignol) August 28, 2016
The man has been interviewed by police on suspicion of racial discrimination, Le Parisian reported. He is the owner of Le Cénacle, Jean-Baptiste Devreux , according to RFI radio.
The video, which quickly circulated online in France, prompted members of the local Muslim community to gather outside the restaurant this weekend to demand an apology. Some have called for a boycott of the restaurant.
The incident also made waves in the Twittersphere, with social media users expressing their anger under the hashtag #Cenacle. Read full on RT